Archive for 'Climate change'
Under capitalism profit comes before people and the bleaching on the Barrier Reef is one example of that ‘logic’. That logic traps us in fossil fuel production and for example Australian government approval of the Adani coal mine. We can save the planet, and with it the Barrier Reef, if we get rid of the underlying driver of climate change – capitalism. As climate change and its impacts accelerate, Rosa Luxemburg’s stark reminder that our choice is socialism or barbarism rings even truer.
Joe Sabatini explains the neoliberal mindset behind the UN climate talks in Paris last year–officially called the 21st Congress of the Parties for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, or COP 21–and what the resulting agreement really means for saving the planet, in an article originally written for the January 2016 issue of the revolutionary socialism in the 21st century magazine and published at the rs21 website and republished in Socialist Worker US.
The globe continues to warm. The recent Paris conference agreement was a sham. We are heading towards 3 – 4 degrees C warming. Why can’t world leaders end their fossil fuel addiction? If you are in Canberra come to this meeting to discuss why we have to change the system, before the system destroys the planet. It is on at 1 pm on Wednesday 17 February in room G 039 in Copland Building at the Australian National University.
Protesters filled the streets of Paris on the eve of the United Nations Cop21 climate change summit–despite president Francois Hollande’s best attempts to keep them away writes Dave Sewell in Socialist Worker UK from Paris.
Given the vested interests involved, and the short termism that engulfs both business and governments, coupled with each country battling for a competitive advantage over the others, I do not think capitalism can solve the crisis of climate change. Our marches show we can raise our voice for action. However to win our demands for real results (‘Turn bull into action’ was one clever sign at the Melbourne Rally) we need to have a say in the outcomes. That means in my opinion not making polite representations to the representatives of a system addicted to and dependent on fossil fuels but fighting for greater democracy to win real action on climate change.
Tackling climate change through a rapid transition to renewable energy is perfectly feasible, but corporate interests are determined to frustrate action, writes Erima Dall in Solidarity. ‘We cannot wait until it is “commercially attractive” before saving the planet. That is market madness. We need to demand that the government build the necessary infrastructure. They could build seven such power plants in one year alone using the money that is currently subsidising the fossil fuel industry.’
The inaction of world leaders in the face of looming climate disaster stands in stark contrast to the determination of activists, write Michael Ware and Ragina Johnson in Socialist Worker US. Among other things they say: ‘There’s lots of reasons to doubt the resolve of world leaders – the recent failure of preparatory talks in Bonn, the lack of ambition or action by powerful governments in the past and, of course, the dismal record of previous COPs to accomplish anything meaningful. Whatever agreement is struck in Paris, it won’t do nearly enough.’ To read the whole article click here.
Abbott puts short term profit before the health of Australians and before the long term health of the environment and by extension, although he is too blinded by Profit Now! to understand this, the long term survival of his beloved but destructive capitalism.
But why stop with funding Bjorn Lomborg, Mr Pyne? Surely this government could also be funding a creation science think tank, an anti-vaccination research centre, a gay conversion institute and a 9/11 conspiracy colloquium? The possibilities are endless. Who knows, maybe we could convince Cory Bernardi to leave politics and head up a government funded ten year study into the links between gay marriage and bestiality?
From the Northern Territory news.